The President of the Society for Bioacoustics: Ikuo Matsuo

As of December 2021, I assumed the position of president of the Society for Bioacoustics subsequent to the former president Takuma Takanashi. The vice-president Takuma Takanashi, nine trustees, one inspector and I will perform activities together to develop the society. I deeply appreciate the continuing support from members of the society.

Bioacoustics is an interdisciplinary field of Biology and Acoustics, including Physiology, Physics and Engineering of sounds and vibrations. It covers terrestrial and aquatic organisms: mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and insects.

Since its foundation in 2014, eight annual meetings of the society have been held in Kitakomatsu, Fukuoka, Irago, Chofu, Kumamoto, Tsukuba and two onlines in Japan. In the past meetings, there were English presentations with discussions, wherein awards were granted to excellent presentations by students and young researchers. The 9th meeting will be held in International University of Health and Welfare (Chair: Tatsuhiko Harada) on December 3-4, 2022. You are cordially invited to the meetings.

Next, we have published “the Japanese Encyclopedia of Bioacoustics” from Asakura Publishing Co., Ltd in 2019. It consists of 200 articles ranging from the basics of Bioacoustics to comparative approaches in various organisms.

Lastly, we will transmit information about our actives and enhance communications among members via our website. I look forward to your participation in and support of the society.